Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa announced that the committee will be looking at two transparency bills in a markup hearing later this week. One of the bills under consideration by the committee will be the DATA Act, which Rep. Issa introduced last week. The legislation seeks to establish an independent body that would comprehensively track federal spending on a single website and mandate the use of consistent data standards across government agencies. Our Policy Counsel Daniel Schuman wrote about that bill when it was announced.
The second bill that the committee will look at has not yet been specified, but Rep. Issa said this morning that it will be one sponsored by Rep. Mike Quigley. We are hoping it will be the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act, which Rep. Quigley introduced last month. The legislation aims to create a public website to provide easy access to electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports. Daniel wrote about that bill last week, as well as when it was first introduced.
The markup will be held this Wednesday June 22, at 9:30am in Rayburn 2154.
Below is the clip from Morning Joe where Rep. Issa made the announcement.